Whites: On Race and Other Falsehoods (UK Edition)

December 1, 2020
Whites: On Race and Other Falsehoods (UK Edition)

In this powerful and timely personal essay, best-sellingauthor Otegha Uwagba reflects on racism, whiteness, and the mentallabour required of Black people to navigate the two.Presented as a record of Uwagba's observations on thisera-defining moment in history – that is, George Floyd's brutalmurder and the subsequent protests and scrutiny of institutionalracism – Whites explores the colossal burden of whiteness, as toldby someone who is in her own words, 'a reluctant expert'. What isit like to endure both racism and white efforts at anti-racism,sometimes from the very same people? How do Black people navigatethe gap between what they know to be true, and the version ofevents that white society can bring itself to tolerate? What doestrue allyship actually look like – and is it even possible?Addressing complex interracial dynamics and longstandingtensions with characteristically unflinching honesty, Uwagba deftlyinterrogates the status quo, and in doing so provides an intimateand deeply compelling portrayal of an unavoidable facet of theBlack experience.